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Damien Hirst’s split from Larry Gagosian turns heads in art world

They seemed the perfect match. On one side, Larry Gagosian, the world’s most powerful art dealer, whose eponymous gallery has more exhibition space than Tate Modern, an annual revenue estimated at more than $1bn (£600m) and puts on exhibitions of the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Warhol to rival the greatest museums. On the other,… Continue reading

Fruits of the Vineyard

  Tom Shannon’s 2009 sculpture Drop reflects Château La Coste’s sprawling landscape. LARRY NEUFELD/©2012 CHÂTEAU LA COSTE AND TOM SHANNON For decades, the ancient vineyard of Château La Coste, located on a rolling 600-acre plain near Aix-en-Provence, was a sleeping beauty waiting to be brought to life. Once the center of a major wine-producing region… Continue reading

Jonas Mekas: scenes from an extraordinary life

The films of Jonas Mekas are fragments of a life passing. His show at London’s Serpentine Gallery is filled with these moments from his long and interesting life; people he has met, events he witnessed and took part in, places he has been. And everywhere we keep coming across his voice, recalling the past, composing… Continue reading

Fake Art May Keep Popping Up for Sale

As soon as Richard Grant, executive director of the Diebenkorn Foundation, glimpsed the three drawings in an Upper East Side apartment several years ago, he knew there was a problem. "Untitled 1950," exhibited as a Jackson Pollock. Copyright 2012 The New York Times Company The artwork on the wall had been previously identified by the… Continue reading

Clyfford Still’s Figures Run Deep

Clyfford Still manipulated his own history. He reacquired and destroyed early canvases, removed titles from his paintings, and, at the height of his fame, refused to allow exhibitions of his work. Control was even more rigorous after his death. His estate, consisting of 825 paintings and 1,575 works on paper—94 percent of his entire output—was… Continue reading

‘Picasso Black and White’ at the Guggenheim Museum

You might expect “Picasso Black and White,” at the Guggenheim, to feel like a glamorous gimmick — the museum-blockbuster version of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Gassull Fotografia, via Museu Picasso, Barcelona. The first of Picasso’s variations on “Las Meninas,” inspired by Velázquez, is… Continue reading

Binding, winding, and knotting, China’s Lin Tianmiao creates vivid installations shimmering with emotion

Lin Tianmiao’s Badges, 2009, installed in the OCT Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai. As a child, she helped her mother wind balls of thread. ©LIN TIANMIAO/COURTESY GALERIE LELONG, NEW YORK The Chinese installation artist Lin Tianmiao delicately balances tradition and innovation in her works. So it is perfect that a visit to Lin’s studio on… Continue reading

A Long Lost Leonardo

  A painting by Leonardo da Vinci that was lost for centuries has been authenticated by distinguished scholars in the United States and Europe and will be exhibited at London’s National Gallery as part of a Leonardo show that opens November 9, ARTnewshas learned. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, c. 1500 Oil on… Continue reading

Pronks for the Memory: Rendering Luxury

  Still-life painting bloomed as never before in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and among its most vibrant and coveted blossoms were those of Willem van Aelst (1627-83). He is the subject of “Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst,” a small, intense exhibition of 28 paintings at the National Gallery… Continue reading